The trick is to come across as perky in our cover letters. That's where the first cut is made. By "perky," I mean having the right mindset to jump in and help employers get the job done, along with high energy.
Here are five tips on positioning and packaging yourself as perky in your cover letters:
Review pattern letter. Youth has the motivation to invest in tailoring the cover letter to be a perfect fit for the particular job. Usually you don't have to start from scratch in your cover letter. But you do have to go over every line in your pattern letter to catch what sends the wrong message. Or what simply sounds like nothing but a generic pitch.
Use youthful language. No, you don't have to adopt the slang of Millennials. But you do have to mirror the professional rhetoric which dominates the current marketplace. For example, instead of saying you are a "superior fit" for the position, you could say you are "the ideal professional to achieve your goals."
Use short simple sentences, in short paragraphs. Break complex sentences into two. Break a long paragraph into two or more. Professional ways of presenting ourselves are being influenced by the short form of social networks and texting.
Show enthusiasm. For example, tell them how you are looking forward to meeting with them. Attach an article you just published on the expertise needed. Offer to do a mini marketing plan for the firm's new gadget.
Proofread. An error-free cover letter reinforces the message that you are alert.
There is plenty of gray hair in the workplace. The aging who were hired pulled that off by demonstrating that they could perform just as a younger worker does. And more.